Culture Wars

Florida School District Will Protect Little Kids From Joe Biden's Socialist Inauguration Poem

It wasn't 'censored,' it was 'made unavailable' to elementary students. They can read it in middle school if they aren't shot by then.

In the latest news from the school censorship battlefield — along with the Washington Post investigation (gift link) which found that most challenges to books in US schools were filed by just 11 people, yes really — we learned yesterday that Miami-Dade County Public Schools restricted access to a book version of "The Hill We Climb," Amanda Gordon's poem from Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021.

Remember what a joyful, beautiful reading Gorman gave us that day?

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White Nonsense

Ted Cruz Tells NAACP, Martin Luther King How To Civil Rights Good

And do other stuff good too.

Last week, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the less-than-free state of Florida, stating that Gov. Ron DeSantis's policies were an "all-out attack on Black Americans" and other minorities. Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted in response, "This is bizarre. And utterly dishonest." The noted civil rights scholar conceded that the NAACP had done "extraordinary good" during the 1950s and 1960s (when he wasn't yet alive) but "today Dr. King would be ashamed of how profoundly they've lost their way."

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was months ago, so Cruz is insulting his memory out of season — sort of like wearing a white hood after Labor Day. Historian Kevin M. Kruse, who corrects right-wing doofuses as a hobby, pointed out that in 1965, "Dr. King called for a national boycott of the state of Alabama, saying that Democratic Gov. George Wallace's policies constituted 'a reign of terror' against Black Americans."

Cruz, who obviously enjoys humiliating himself publicly, replied, "George Wallace was a Democrat — your party — and an incorrigible racist. Dr. King’s standing up to his bigotry was heroic & helped change America. Florida today, by contrast, is an oasis of freedom, which is why vast numbers of African-Americans are moving there."

The Black people who move to Florida aren't voting for DeSantis or any other Republican in "vast numbers," either. Last year, 86 percent of Black Floridians voted Charlie Crist for governor and 90 percent backed Val Demings for Senate. These numbers are probably why Florida Republicans go to such great efforts to keep Black people from voting.

George Wallace was Donald Trump in training wheels, and Ron DeSantis is more like Wallace than he is New York Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, whom Dr. King respected.

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Ohio Higher Ed Bill Requires Equal Time For Climate Change Deniers, Racists

There's an oil barge winding through the Ohio Legislature.

The Ohio state Legislature is taking its own shot at eliminating all the liberal indoctrination Republicans are certain is running amok in universities, with a bill that not only prohibits most diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and "implicit bias" training, but also requires that instructors not promote any particular view on any "controversial topic" like climate change, diversity, abortion, or foreign policy, among others. The bill has already passed in the state Senate, and is now being considered in the state House, which has a Republican supermajority. The official title of Senate Bill 83 is the "Higher Education Enhancement Act," but I'm just going to call it the Flat Earth Equal Time Act if you don't mind.

For all "controversial "topics, instructors would be required to "allow and encourage students to reach their own conclusions" and "shall not seek to inculcate any social, political, or religious point of view." Should be fun when a student sues to have openly white supremacist materials included in a syllabus. Or an oil company sues over climate science being taught accurately.

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Louisiana Wingnut Rep. Clay Higgins Bulldozes Protester. WHAR ASSAULT CHARGES?

Looks like somebody has anger issues.

Rightwing Republican congressman Clay Higgins of Louisiana — known around these parts as the 'WHAR BOXES?' guy, or simply WHAR BOXES — took it upon himself to play bouncer Wednesday when a young protester got a little too mouthy during a press conference being held by prominent House Wingnut Caucus members including Higgins, Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), Paul Gosar DDS (R-Arizona) and others. (Higgins later tweeted that the presser was about the very real threat to US sovereignty posed by the World Health Organization, which is part of the UN One-World Communist Plot, which seems like indispensable context.)

The protester, law student and organizer/troublemaker Jake Burdett, 25, told the Daily Beast he'd actually been in DC for a Medicare for All rally led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), but when that was over, he saw the Freedom Caulkers setting up and decided to be a free speech pest, which is his right as an American citizen.

Spotting Gosar and Boebert, he decided to stick around. “I figured I’d ask them some tough questions,” he said. “Bird-dog them, whatever you want to call it.”

And indeed, as Burdett's videos show, he was definitely heckling the rightwing dipshits, which may happen when politicians hold a "press conference" in public.

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